Twenty-eight interning doctors who faced mid-term expulsion from Government Dental College, got a reprieve from the Bombay High Court on Tuesday.
On March 19, the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) cancelled orders allowing the 28 dental degree holders to do their compulsory internship at Government Dental College after protests from local interns.
The protesting interns stopped work in February demanding that all interning doctors from outside the state be sent back to their respective colleges. They alleged that MUHS had broken a rule of allowing only 15 per cent externs in the internship transfer programme.
A division bench of Justice J.N. Patel and Justice Ashok Bhangale, on Tuesday, not only ordered the state government to allow them to complete their compulsory one-year internship but also directed the dean of Government Dental College to take stern action in case any further protests take place in the compound of St George Hospital where the Dental College is located.
Eight interns, who had been asked to leave the internship half way, had approached the high court challenging the action. Their lawyer V.M. Thorat said their permission to complete internship at Government Dental College was cancelled only at the instance of protestors.
The division bench accepted the contention after the dean filed an affidavit, claiming there were enough seats to accommodate local as well as outside students for internship.
Rules framed by Dental Council of India says degrees are conferred upon students and they are enrolled as dentists only after completing the one-year internship, which can be completed in any recognised dental college.